Wednesday 3 June 2015SearchArchiveEnglishChineseJapaneseFrenchSpanishRussianArabicKoreaGermanPortugueseHomeOpinionsBusinessMilitaryWorldSocietyCultureTravelScienceSportsSpecial CoveragePhotoVideoEnglishWorldFight over Keystone pipeline could be first confrontation between Obama, Congress in 2015(Xinhua)    14:36, January 08, 2015Email|Printvar jiathis_config={title:”Fight over Keystone pipeline could be first confrontation between Obama, Congress in 2015″,summary:” ”,}WASHINGTON, Jan. 7– The newly elected Republican-led U.S. Congress may soon see its first round of squabbles with President Barack Obama over a legislation that would allow a pipeline to run from Canada to the Gulf Coast in the United States.Republicans clinched control of Congress in Novembers midterm elections in the biggest sweep since World War II amid sinking popularity for Obama, as many Americans expressed frustration over daunting unemployment figures.On Tuesday, the White House said Obama would veto any new legislation aimed at setting up the Keystone pipeline, setting the stage for the first political battle in 2015.The House is expected to vote on the issue as early as Friday, and it remains unknown whether the newly elected Republican-led Congress could garner the two-thirds majority vote needed to override any presidential veto.Proponents say the pipeline, if built, would create around 40,000 direct and indirect jobs and inject around 3 billion U.S. dollars into the economy each year, while opponents claim the pipeline will have huge negative impact on the environment.There is little possibility of compromise on the pipeline, Brookings Institutions senior fellow Darrell West told Xinhua in an interview.”Obama will veto legislation passed by Congress and it is not clear if there are sufficient votes to override his veto… Things dont look very optimistic for the construction of that pipeline,” he said.Republican strategist Ford OConnell said that Republicans will have to take a step back and figure out what amendments they need to get more Democrats on board in order to override Obamas veto, as the president has no interest in compromising on the matter.Americans elected Republicans to Congress not to stick it to Democrats and the White House, but rather because of impatience over the sluggish recovery from the economic downturn, OConnell said.”Republicans have to understand that their job is to get that (bill) on Obamas desk. If he vetoes it, their job is to figure out how to get it past the president,” OConnell told Xinhua, adding that it remains unclear whether the Republicans will have the votes needed to override a veto.(For the latest China news, Please follow Peoples Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Zhang Qian)Add your comment/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = enpeople; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 8833463;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function() {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = // + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.Related readingU.S. welcomes rise of a prosperous, peaceful, stable China: ObamaObama arrives in Beijing for APEC meeting, state visitBackgrounder: China, U.S. see Xi-Obama summit chance to enhance ties Obama arrives in Beijing for APEC meeting, state visitObama “cautiously optimistic” about Ebola as U.S. steps up traveler monitoringDPRK releases detained American considering requests of ObamaObama calls for more efforts against Ebola crisisChinas top legislator lauds peoples congresses U.S. House approves lawsuit against ObamaWe RecommendPLA soldiers operating vehicle-mounted guns in drill
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